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Things I've learned on long road trips
I recently finished my fifth road
trip between Auckland and
Queenstown this year. Here is the
''what's hot'' and ''what's not'' of
driving down the country.
HOT: A little box called Tourism
Radio. A nice guy lent me one at a
conference. I was really
impressed with the info about
local attractions set among easy
North of Kaikoura there is a gully
where hundreds of seal pups come
ashore and frolic. It's a short walk
to see them and it's some of the
best entertainment you will find.
The road is littered with great
cafes. Check out the book The
Great NZ Cafe, written by a
couple of Queenstowners.
NOT: Leaving Auckland at 5pm
on a Friday. I hate those ramp
signals. Everyone is sailing by on
the motorway but I'm stuck in a
mile-long queue getting closer at
about four cars a minute.
Flatulence. Whether it's the
''silent assassin'' or the ''loud and
proud', situational awareness
really takes a back seat in those
And finally, I need to learn to
trust the GPS. Having asked it to
take me the fastest route from
Hamilton to Wellington, and
having enjoyed the byways it took
me down, I chickened out and
back-tracked halfway round Lake
Taupo to get to familiar ground.
Duncan Field owns Limousine
Services Queenstown, is a past
chief executive of the Queenstown
Lakes District Council and an
Reliable news sources will not always
be accessible instantly online for free
When I was an over-confident
youth, I bragged to my father
in conversation that I had not
watched the news for six
months. I was enjoying the
hiatus from what can some-
times be so depressing /
He told me in a very short
sentence that I was an idiot. If
you do not know what is
happening in the world you
don't have an opinion, and if
you do not have an opinion,
then you are an idiot.
Since then I have worked out
he was right, and I have
become addicted to every
format of news I can find. My
preferred absorption of news
has changed and I am now
expecting all my news to be
free, instant, without adver-
tisements and on line.
I had assumed until recently
that news should be free as
part of my iPhone birthright.
With the onset of social media
anyone with an opinion and a
blog site is a journalist, and so
latterly traditional media is
under fire to maintain profit
in a world of rapid change.
Happily in New Zealand we
have managed to maintain
some very good public access-
tax paid media, but even this
is increasingly scrutinised for
So my question is: Am I
willing to pay for good media
that is well written and has a
very valid opinion? I don't
necessary need to agree with
the opinions of the writer, but
I am happy to pay for it.
Timbo Deaker lives in
Gibbston, with his two chil-
dren and partner. He is a
consultant viticulturist and
owns several businesses that
service the local and domestic
wine industry of New Zea-
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